Defence Amendment Bill Writeshop held

The Inter-Ministerial Taskforce (IMT) on the Alignment of Legislation with the Constitution, in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs (MoJLPA), the Ministry of Defence and War Veterans Affairs recently held a workshop in Kadoma to align the Defence Act with the current Constitution.

The workshop ran from 2 to 3 September 2021 at the Kadoma Hotel and Conference Centre.

The technical team and stakeholders peer reviewed the draft Defence Amendment Bill in order to align the Act with Chapter 11 of the Constitution and other constitutional provisions.

Present at the drafting workshop were representatives from the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Zimbabwe National Army, Airforce of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Defence University and the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission. Stakeholders within the civil society like the Law Society of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights and Veritas were also in attendance.

The workshop was chaired by the Drafting Division of the Attorney General’s Office (AG). The draft Bill was prepared by the Ministry of Defence. Stakeholders were afforded an opportunity to scrutinise the Bill and propose legislative changes that are in line with the dictates of the Constitution.

The IMT got technical support from Centre for Applied Legal Research (CALR) while financial injection came from the Delegation of the European Union to Zimbabwe.

In 2020, the IMT worked with representatives from the security sector in coming up with a number of bills which included the National Security Council Bill, the Zimbabwe Independent Complaints Commission Bill and the Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Services Bill. The IMT is committed to ensuring that the relevant laws are aligned with the Constitution.